It might be easier to think about the controversy over the Confederate battle flag if we compare to other flags that represent defeated battlers. During World War II people fought and died for the Nazis and the flag was sacred to their way of life, a part of their history. When the Nazis were defeated it was generally accepted that the Nazis were wrong, and their flag became a symbol of that wrongness. The Confederate states were also wrong. Their flag represented a culture and agricultural system not possible under the U.S. Constitution, and the U.S. Constitution was found to be supreme over state constitutions. As a flag, it is only representative of the wrongness of the Confederacy. As a symbol on belt buckles and T-shirts it serves only to notify others that the wearer is not a patriot in the United States of America.
Jill Jasper, Boise